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THURSDAY • NOVEMBER 24, 2016
Vol. 27, No. 47
DEATSVILLE MAN DROWNS IN LAKE JORDAN
By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer
The body of a Deatsville man was discovered Monday evening in the waters in the Blackberry Cove area of Lake Jordan, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. Richard Harris, 58, was discovered dead by a Holtville-area woman who spotted his body
floating in the water, Franklin said. Franklin said the Alabama Marine Police is investigating the death, but that the initial theory is that Harris fell from a fishing boat into the lake. Attempts by the Observer to reach Marine Police for more details were unsuccessful.
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The body of a Deatsville man was discovered Monday evening in the waters in the Blackberry Cove area of Lake Jordan. The man was identified as Richard Harris, 58.
County’s jobless numbers up slightly in Oct.
Suspect arrested in BB&T Bank robbery
By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer
Elmore County’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.2 percent was the state’s third-lowest for October, according to figures released today by the Alabama Department of Labor. The Elmore County rate is up from 4.8 percent in September and 4.9 percent from last October. The county’s increase in unemployment is largely the result of a larger number of people looking for work. The county’s civilian labor force increased from 36,570 in September to 37,057 in October. The same factors are at work throughout the state, which saw its unemployment rate rise from September’s 5.4 percent to 5.7 percent in October. October’s rate represents 123,892 unemployed persons, compared to 117,100 in September and 131,421 in October 2015. “An extremely large increase in the number of people who are looking for work combined with an increase in the number of people working in October led to an increase in our unemployment rate,” said Fitzgerald Washington, secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “More than 16,000 people entered the workforce in October, and nearly 10,000 more people found work. Compared to last year, nearly 40,000 more people are in the work force and almost 50,000 more people are working. This shows See UNEMPLOYMENT • Page 3
By CARMEN RODGERS Staff Writer
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Four new Elmore County Commissioners were sworn in last week during a special ceremony prior to the commission’s first meeting of the new term. They are (from left to right) District 5 Commissioner Earl Reeves, District 3 Commissioner Troy Stubbs, District 2 Commissioner Cecil “Mack” Daugherty and District 1 Commissioner Kenny Holt.
BRIGHT HORIZON New commissioners talks plans for county’s future By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor
Four Elmore County Commissioners took their seats on Wednesday of last week. Monday the Herald interviewed each of the four commissioners about their goals for the county and their plans for the future. Each of the commissioners were asked the same five questions. Their answers are presented here and have been edited for length and clarity. Tell me your plans for the next four years. Do you have any specific goals that you would like to accomplish during your term in office? District 1 Commissioner Kenny Holt said that he had several goals for his term in office. “One of the things I would like to do is review the employee classifications,” Holt said. I would like to see all of the salary ranges and classifications. I don’t think that has been done in some time.” Holt said he also wants to do whatever he and the commission can to promote economic growth. Holt believes that part of that includes ensuring the citizens of Elmore County are safe.
“I am going to be a strong advocate for law enforcement,” he said. “We can’t have the growth we need without a county that is secure.” Holt said he also wants to be a good steward of tax dollars and is interesting in reviewing all of the county’s contractual and financial arrangements to ensure that the county is getting the best deal it possibly can for its citizens. District 2 Commissioner Cecil “Mack” Daugherty said that his first priority as a commissioner is to be fiscally responsible. “People are entrusting us to make fiscally responsible decisions,” he said. “Over the last several years there has been zero growth in the county’s general fund budget. I think we need to look at every penny to make sure it is serving a purpose.” Daugherty said the commission’s first responsibility is to ensure that county departments are properly funded. District 3 Commissioner Troy Stubbs said that he is looking forward to building on the good things going on in the county. “We as a county commission have a unique opportunity to press the reset button,” See COMMISSION • Page 3
An early Monday morning carjacking in Elmore County lead to the arrest of Joseph Mark Colley, 33 of Goodwater, for the robbery of the BB&T Bank on Gilmer Ave in Tallassee. Colley and Colley another suspect, Christopher Adam Horsley, 32 of See ARREST • Page 2
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Readers reminded to practice safe eating, food prep habits this week STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness. “Unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said Al Almanza, deputy undersecretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Turkeys may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter, harmful pathogens that are only destroyed by properly preparing and cooking the turkey. Similarly, leaving leftovers out for too long, or not taking care to properly clean
cooking and serving surfaces, can lead to other types of illness. We want to be sure that all consumers know the steps they can take and resources that are available to them to help prepare a safe and enjoyable holiday meal. “ To avoid making everyone at the table sick, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offers five tips for a food safe Thanksgiving: • Don’t wash that turkey: According to the most recent food safety survey, conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, 68 percent of the public washes whole turkey before cooking it. USDA does not recommend washing raw meat and poultry before cooking. Washing raw meat and poultry can cause bacteria to spread up to three feet away. Cooking (baking, broiling, boiling, frying
or grilling) meat and poultry to the right temperature kills any bacteria that may be present, so washing meat and poultry is not necessary. • Use the refrigerator, the cold-water method or the microwave to defrost a frozen turkey: There are three safe ways to defrost a turkey: in the refrigerator, in cold water and in the microwave oven. Thawing food in the refrigerator is the safest method because the turkey will defrost at a consistent, safe temperature. It will take 24 hours for every 5 pounds of weight for a turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. To thaw in cold water, submerge the bird in its original wrapper in cold tap water, changing the water every 30 minutes. For instructions on microwave defrosting, refer to your microwave’s owner’s manual. Cold water and microwave thawing can also be used if your bird did
not entirely defrost in the refrigerator. • Use a meat thermometer: The only way to determine if a turkey (or any meat, poultry or seafood) is cooked is to check its internal temperature with a food thermometer. A whole turkey should be checked in three locations: the innermost part of the thigh, the innermost part of the wing and the thickest part of the breast. Your thermometer should register 165°F in all three of these places. The juices rarely run clear at this temperature, and when they do the bird is often overcooked. Using the food thermometer is the best way to ensure your turkey is cooked, but not overdone. • Don’t store food outside, even if it’s cold: Storing food outside is not food safe for two reasons. The first is that animals, both wild and domesticated, can get into food stored outside, consuming it or contam-
inating it. The second is temperature variation. Just like your car gets warm in the summer, a plastic food storage container in the sun can heat up and climb into the danger zone (above 40°F). The best way to keep that extra Thanksgiving food at a safe temperature (below 40°F) is in a cooler with ice. • Leftovers are good in the refrigerator for up to four days: Cut the turkey off the bone and refrigerate it as soon as you can, within 2 hours of the turkey coming out of the oven. Leftovers will last for four days in the refrigerator, so if you know you won’t use them right away, pack them into freezer bags or airtight containers and freeze. For best quality, use your leftover turkey within four months. After that, the leftovers will still be safe, but can dry out or lose flavor. If you have questions about your
Thanksgiving dinner, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. Last November they answered more than 3,000 calls about Thanksgiving dinner. You can also chat live with a food safety expert at AskKaren.gov, available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish. If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT. Consumers with food safety questions can visit FoodSafety.gov to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey. For more Thanksgiving food safety tips, follow FSIS on Twitter, @ USDAFoodSafety, or on Facebook, at Facebook. com/FoodSafety.gov.
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Tennessee, were arrested Monday after an early morning carjacking of a van traveling North on Highway 111 in Elmore County. The strange sequence of events that led to Colley’s arrest began with a couple from Birmingham who were leaving Wind Creek Casino in Wetumpka in their van. The vehicle was bumped from behind and they stopped to assess the damage to their vehicle. That’s when they were robbed by the two suspects. The suspects made off with a purse, a cell phone and an undisclosed amount of cash. After leaving the scene of the carjacking Elmore County Sheriff’s Department apprehended the suspects around the Mike Marker 5 on Highway 111. Once in custody, investigators noticed similarities between Colley and the BB&T Bank robbery suspect. “We picked him on the carjacking,” said Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin. “When we brought him in, we noticed that there were certain traits and characteristics that matched the MO of the crime that took place at the bank in Tallassee.” Tallassee Police Department investigators had been searching for a suspect since the robbery just before noon on Nov. 7.
On that day, Tallassee Police officers responded to BB&T Bank located on Gilmer Avenue due to reported robbery. Upon arrival it was determined that an unidentified white male entered the business, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, camouflage pants or overalls and dark gloves. The suspect then made gestures to the clerk as he removed his hands from his coat pockets and leaned over the counter. He removed an undisclosed amount of currency from the drawer and fled out on foot. The suspect had last been seen traveling west on Gilmer Avenue in a green possible Toyota Camry or a Lexus sedan. The vehicle appeared to have reddish dirt all over the vehicle. From the surveillance video, investigators knew the suspect was a white male who was described as having a muscular or stocky build. Once investigators had Colley in custody, they began to connect him with the robbery. “Our investigators confirmed and began to work hand-in-hand with those investigators to put everything together,” Franklin said. According to Ken Smith with Tallassee Police Department, investigators do not believe Horsley was involved in the BB&T Bank robbery. “From what we can tell, he had no involvement at all,” said Smith. “We know from the video there was only one person in the vehicle” Colley was identified following a detailed investigation involving officers, deputies and agents from the Tallassee Police Department, Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander City Police Department, Coosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. “That’s what it takes,” Smith said. “Team work from all of the departments.” Colley has been released from custody on a $15,000 bond.
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he said. “There are good things happening here in Elmore County, we can build on these good things and bring prosperity to our citizens.” District 5 Commissioner Earl Reeves said that he would like to look at the county’s personnel policy and update the policy. Reeves was a commissioner when the county’s current policy was put in place and he said the policy has not been reviewed in many years. Reeves also stated that he would like to look into doing more for the areas senior citizens. “I would like to work with the cities to develop programs for the senior citizens in our community,” Reeves said. Reeves also wanted to review the dirt roads in the county to see about converting them all to paved roads. He also wants to work hard to bring jobs into the county but warned that he does not want to give away taxpayer dollars. “They (companies) always want abatements but without giving us something for the people of Elmore County,” he said noting that he wants to look more closely at economic development deals to ensure citizens are gaining something for any abatements the county may provide to attract businesses. What are the issues/problems you see that Elmore County is currently facing? Do you have a strategy for resolving those issues? Daugherty said that the county is currently facing a $350,000 to $400,000 deficit. “My main goal is to plug the hole in the deficit and look at every line item in the budget to see where we can make up that deficit,” he said. Stubbs said that he felt that there is a sense of distrust in politicians in general from the national level on down. “I want to establish good leadership and trust among the people in Elmore County,” Stubbs. He said he thought one of the ways to accomplish that would be to keep a close eye on current county projects. “There are a number of projects in the process of being competed right now,” he said. “I want to make sure those stay on budget. There has been a challenge it seems on recent projects to make sure they stay on budget.” Holt reiterated his focus on economic development and growth. “I would like to see us get more active in doing what we have to do to get more growth in the county,” he said, adding that he wants to see more homes and businesses spring up in the county. Reeves said he wanted to ensure the safety of the citizens of Elmore County. “I support our sheriff’s office and I want to give them what they need to keep our citizens out of harms way,”
he said. You and your fellow commissioners are a completely new group from the commission that preceded you. Knowing that it is early in your term, how do you feel this new group will work together for the citizens of Elmore County? “I think what you saw in our first meeting shows that we will work well together,” Holt said. “We are going to be transparent. We want the citizens to be proud of what we are doing.” “We all come from diverse backgrounds,” Reeves said. “I want to see my county grow and I want to see us all come together and work together.” “I think we are going to work in harmony,” Daugherty said. “We aren’t going to agree on every issue. I am convinced without a doubt we will be able to talk. I don’t see competing factions on this commission.” “I feel like they (fellow commissioners) are all honest contributors to our county. We all recognize nothing will be accomplished if we don’t work together.” In past meetings it has been said that Elmore County does more with less than possibly any other county in the state. What is your position on fiscal stewardship and the commission’s duty to taxpayers? “I think we should be real good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Reeves said. “We should be open with how we interact and how we spend the county’s money. I do not want hidden agendas. I want to hear open discussions in our meetings so that everyone can know what we are doing.” “We have a responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer money,” Stubbs said. “I believe in fiscal responsibility and transparency.” Stubbs added that he didn’t want the commission’s service to be entire focused on money noting that he would like to encourage all of the county’s citizens to work together to do the things that will improve the county. Holt said that he thinks the commission’s first responsibility is to use taxpayer dollars for necessary services first and only after county departments have been funded should the county provide money to outside entities. Daugherty said that fiscal responsibility will be his number one priority. He also lauded Elmore County Engineer Richie Beyer. “Having good people I think is key,” he said. “I don’t know anyone better at procuring grant money for our county than Richie Beyer.” Anything else you would like the citizens of Elmore County to know about the upcoming commission term?
Unemployment a marked increase in the confidence level of jobseekers.” The number of people in the state’s civilian labor force increased in October to 2,182,384, representing an increase of 16,755 over the month. Over the year, the civilian labor force increased by 39,805. The number of people who were counted as employed increased 9,963 over the month. Over the year, the number of people counted as employed increased 47,334. “Our other measure of employment, the establishment survey, is also at its highest point of the year,” continued Washington. “This survey tells us that Alabama’s employers have more people on the payroll than they have at any time since September 2008.” Wage and salary employment measured 1,982,400 in October, representing an increase of 11,900 over the month. Monthly gains were seen in the government sector
(+5,000), the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+4,100), and the professional and business services sector (+2,300), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 24,500, with gains in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+8,200), the manufacturing sector (+6,500), and the government sector
Holt said he wanted citizens to know that his door is always open and that he can be reached by phone anytime. He said he wanted to hear from citizens, especially those who want to provide constructive criticism. Stubbs said that he is committed to being a leader that listens to the citizens and that his goal is to serve the citizens with integrity and passion. Daugherty said that public officials should have an open door policy. He said he wanted citizens to not only contact their commissioners but to also attend commission meetings. “I want them to know this commission is working for them,” he said. Reeves said he wanted citizens to know that he would also be reviewing all of the provider contracts the county currently has. “I want to look into every aspect of county government,” he said. “I want to look at what we need to improve on and what we need to get rid of.” The District 4 commission spot is currently vacant with the resignation of Joe Faulk. According to county officials it is anticipated that a list of nominees will be submitted to the governor’s office by December 8 with a selection to come by Christmas. To reach your commissioners you may contact them via the following methods: Kenny Holt firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-306-3101, Mack Daugherty email@example.com or 256-234-9216, Troy Stubbs firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-451-4589, Earl Reeves email@example.com or 334-399-5914.
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(+5,300), among others. Shelby County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate for October at 4.5 percent, followed by Lee County at 5.1 percent. Cullman and Madison counties’ rates were equal to Elmore County’s at 5.2 percent. Wilcox County had the state’s highest October unemployment rate at 13.8 percent, followed by
Clarke County at 10.9 percent and Lowndes County at 10.4 percent. Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 4.0 percent, Homewood at 4.1 percent and Hoover at 4.4 percent. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 10.3 percent, Bessemer at 10.2 percent and Prichard at 9.5 percent.
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Don't let fire ruin your Thanksgiving holiday
hanksgiving is a time that is supposed to be about appreciation, family and building lasting positive memories. But this week the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office reminded us that for many reasons, Thanksgiving can be a time that is ripe for tragedy as well. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many fires occurring on that day. Fire officials say it is easy to get distracted or lose track of what’s going on in the kitchen when busy or inexperienced cooks are trying to prepare several dishes while entertaining family and friends. The Alabama Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Division offers these tips for a safer Thanksgiving Day: • Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove. • Keep anything that
can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop. • Turn pot handles toward the center of the stove. • Keep the number of people in your kitchen to a minimum, especially children. Crowded kitchens cause confusion and often result in burns. • In the event of a stovetop fire, carefully slide a cookie sheet or lid over the pan and turn off the stove. Never attempt to carry a hot pan to the sink. • If you have a fire in the oven, close the oven door and turn off the heat. Once the oxygen is depleted, the fire will go out. Wait until the oven is completely cooled before opening the door again. This applies to microwave ovens, too. Many of these ideas are common sense, but it never hurts to have a gentle reminder as we prepare our massive holiday meal. Have a happy, safe Thanksgiving.
Traditional column for a traditional season
nce again Thanksgiving is upon us. As with all events during the holiday season we have our loved traditions that we stick to. For newspaper editors it means it is time to write the “I am thankful for column.” Every year editors of small newspapers across the country participate in this timehonored tradition. Sometimes it is hard to write the column, not because you aren’t thankful but because after writing the column year after year you tend to type the same things. I suppose that is true for all of us. We all have many things to be thankful for and if our lives continue to go well from year to year we have many of the same types of things to be thankful for. For instance, we all should be thankful for our families and friends. They are the glue that helps to hold our lives together to give them meaning. Also, most of us have a job to be
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thankful for. A job that helps to put food on the table this holiday season and provide security for us in our time of need. Also, even with all of the political fighting that has gone on nationwide in the last several months, I think we can all agree that we live in great country, which provides us with many freedoms that our brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces have fought hard to protect. While many folks of a more liberal persuasion have voiced their desire to move to some other country due to the recent election of our next president, I still think this is the best place to
live in the entire world. I could go on and on about those things I am thankful for, but I think that honestly I am just thankful we can have a season and a holiday to celebrate. Fall has always been my favorite time of the year and one of the primary reasons that I enjoy the season so much is because of all the holidays. October, November and December have always been happy times for myself and my family. Whether it’s football or chilly nights or family dinners, I have always been thankful for this time of year. So this holiday season take time, not only to recognize what you are thankful for, but just to live in and enjoy the moment. In the short time we are given on this planet every moment counts. William Carroll is the managing editor for the Elmore County publications for Tallapoosa Publishers.
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Richard Shelby starts sixth six-year term O ur Senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will begin his sixth sixyear term in January. He is an Alabama treasure. Over the past 30 years as our senator he has brought millions of federal dollars home to Alabama. Richard Shelby currently reigns as Alabama’s most prominent political figure. He is one of Alabama’s three greatest senators in history along with Lister Hill and John Sparkman. Shelby is easily one of the most influential political figures in the nation. Shelby has had a perfectly scripted rise to political power and acclaim. In 1970 at age 35, he entered politics and was elected to the State Senate from Tuscaloosa. He ran for an open seat in Congress in 1978 and won. In 1986 he rolled the dice, gave up his safe congressional seat and took on an incumbent senator. In 1986, Shelby was a 50-year-old congressman a Democrat who had a stellar conservative voting record. He was safe in his U. S. House seat. Therefore, his decision to challenge an incumbent U. S. Senator was a gamble. His friends cautioned him that it was an uphill battle and he should not risk his safe House seat. His basic reply was, “I’m one of 435 in Congress, given the rules of seniority, it will be 20 more years before I can chair a committee or subcommittee. They don’t even know my name up here. I’m either going to the Senate and be somebody, or I’m going home and make money.” One factor that the average political observer was not aware of that Shelby probably sensed
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was that his congressional district was destined to be the first African American district after reapportionment in 1990. That is what happened to Shelby’s 7th District. Although it would be a daunting task to upset an incumbent, U.S. Senator, Jeremiah Denton had written a textbook on how to lose a Senate seat during his six-year term. Denton was elected as Alabama’s first Republican senator since Reconstruction in 1980. He was swept into office on the coattails of Ronald Reagan who carried Alabama in a landslide. Alabamians knew very little about Denton except that he had been a Naval officer and a well-known national POW in the Vietnam War. His patriotic hero position sold well in Alabama, especially with Reagan headed to the White House. Yet Shelby beat Denton. It was close and Shelby had to spend some of his personal money the last week of the campaign to carry out the upset, but Alabama has been the better for Richard Shelby’s 1986 gamble. He was been re-elected in 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010 and now in 2016. I had the opportunity to fly back from Washington with and visit with Shelby a few years after his 1986 victory. He told me the inside story of the last six days of that campaign that
illustrates how important money and media are in today’s modern politics. When he decided to run against Denton, he knew the importance of money to a campaign. He also knew that it was essential to get the best media guru regardless of the price. Therefore, he spared no expense and got the best pollster and media people in America. About six days out, he was six points behind. The pollster told him to put $100,000 of TV ads in the Birmingham market using a certain ad and it would raise him two points. He did and it did. The next day the media man and the pollster told him to spend $50,000 on TV ads in the Mobile market using a certain ad and it would give him a one point boost. He did and it did. The next day the pollster told him to run a certain ad in the Huntsville market and spend $60,000 and it would raise him a point. He did and it did. Two days out the pollster told him to run a certain ad in both Birmingham and Montgomery and it would raise him by three points. He did and it did. He won by one point. I suspect the ad most suggested by the pollster and the media guys was the one where Denton was saying he didn’t have time to come home and kiss babies’ butts. See you next week. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us.
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Aldridge Borden opens satellite office in Wetumpka By WILLIAM CARROLL Managing Editor
A nearly one hundred year old firm has expanded recently into Wetumpka as Aldridge Borden and Company brings its accounting services to a new location at 116 Company Street downtown. Wetumpka native and longtime Aldridge Borden employee Scott Grier runs the local office and said that the decision to open a satellite office in the city had been discussed by the partners at Aldridge Borden for some time. “We (the partners) were talking about growth in general,” he said. “With modern technology there is a lot you can do from one office, but we talked about expanding our reach into other offices, so that we could be in the communities we serve.” Grier said that his firm has clients all over, not only Alabama but in other states and regions of the country. He said the idea to open a specifically Wetumpka office was his and was in part due to his growing up in the city, but also because of the opportunities he saw here. “I kind of threw it out there (the idea to come to Wetumpka),” he said. “We knew Wetumpka was going into its streetscape project and I
wanted to have that downtown community experience.” Grier said that while he has clients all over the state it is easier to attract new clients when you are actually in the community working closely with people every day. “It was just a natural fit for me to be here and a good fit for the firm as well,” he said. The firm has been at its current location on Company Street since September 1, Grier said the firm currently consists of himself and one support staff member but that the plan eventually is to bring in more staff and continue expanding the firm. Grier said the firm provides “typical C.P.A” work including individual and corporate tax preparations, work on client financial statements, audits etc. He said that the firm also has a large number of contractor clients and that the firm also does quite a bit of litigation support work including acting as expert witnesses on a variety of different types of cases. Grier said that perhaps the most unique service the company offers is its one-source cloud based accounting and back office functions. Grier said he felt the firm was on the cutting edge of cloud based accounting and said that the firm’s services take the place
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Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis (center right) cuts the ribbon at the front steps of Aldridge Borden and Company, Wetumpka’s newest accounting firm. Office manager and Aldridge Borden partner Scott Grier (center-left) and Aldridge Borden partner Dane Floyd (center) said they were excited to bring the nearly 100-year-old firm to Wetumpka.
of having an account manager or bookkeeper for a fraction of the cost of having a full time employee. “We can do everything from accounts payable and receivable to payroll, to really whatever your office would need,” he said. The benefit of the cloud based system is that clients have access to all of their
accounting and financial information whenever they want it giving them up to the minute control over their finances. During a ribbon cutting/open house of the business held on Thursday afternoon, several city leaders spoke about the firm coming to Wetumpka. Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis recounted stories of Grier as a boy and said that the firm had
already been a great help to the city as Grier had helped Willis with the city’s recent budget process. City Councilman Steve Gantt also thanked Grier and Aldridge Borden for coming to Wetumpka and Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce Director Gerry Purcell said that the chamber was really excited that the firm had chosen Wetumpka.
Area Calendar December 1-3
Millbrook’s Spirit of Christmas 2016 begins on Thursday Dec. 1 with the annual tree lighting ceremony from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Village Green. There will be a live Nativity, choral entertainment and refreshments for sale. On Dec. 3 the Spirit of Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. Arts and crafts, food vendors and entertainment will also be present from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the gazebo and available for pictures from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m.
Camp Stew and Indoor Yard Sale at Cedarwood Community Church, Hwy. 231 N Wallsboro, Wetumpka. Saturday Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. until noon. Stew is $8.00 for large microwaveable container. All proceeds from stew and yard sale go to the building fund to help complete the church building and upkeep. For more information, call Laura Knight at 567-2457 or Jo Parker at 514-0242.
Christmas on the Coosa returns to Wetumpka with events throughout the month of December. On Dec. 6 there will be a decorations contest. Entries for the contest must be received by Dec. 2 and decorations must be on or working on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The annual tree lighting ceremony will be held at Gold Star Park on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Prior to the ceremony kids will have an opportunity to get their picture made with Santa. On Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. will
be Nativity/Luminary Night and the Downtown Open House. Christmas on the Coosa will be held Dec. 10 starting at 7:30 and 9 a.m. with the character breakfast followed by the car show running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and arts and crafts vendors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The street parade will begin at 2 p.m. and the Wakeboarding Santa Show will start at 6 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 6 p.m. On Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The LeFevre Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn will participate
in a Christmas Concert at the Wetumpka Civic Center.
Hillside Baptist Church (405 Old Montgomery Highway, Wetumpka, AL) invites you to enjoy a traditional “home” celebration of Christmas at 11 a.m. The program will explain the Christmas Story through both dialogue and your favorite Christmas carols! For more information please contact the church at 567-9695.
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Ancestors, journeys and Thanksgiving
n the 1730s, Sampson Bobo came to the Virginia colonies from France. He was a French Huguenot – and a pilgrim, a person on a journey fleeing religious persecution. In 1762, he married Sarah Simpson. In 1763, George III granted him “450 acres of land along the Tyger (River)” in South Carolina. In 1824, his son, Barham Bobo built a house on that land, known as Cross Keys – now an historic landmark in upper South Carolina. In 1838, his son, Fincher Gist Bobo, moved to Coahoma County, Mississippi, married and raised a family. Five generations later I was born, grew and ultimately moved to Wetumpka, to continue the journey. It is good for us to remember these people, these ancestors of ours, these people
whose journeys from far places not only gave us life, but in many ways, shaped who and what we are today. Yet, seldom do we, as families, remember our ancestors or celebrate our heritage, except, maybe, on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and give thanks to God for the bounty of this land of ours, a land that keeps us filled, overfilled with food, in a world where three out of four people will go to bed tonight, hungry. A land of freedom, unique in the world, a land of true riches. So, this Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the harvest, the food and the riches of the land, this current harvest of people, us and our way of life: all given to us, through the grace of God, by those who have gone before. Harvest festivals are not
REV. BOB HENDERSON Trinity Episcopal
unique or new. For at least 2,500 years, Hebrew people have celebrated Passover, Pentecost, the Feast of Tabernacles, three feasts on which thanks is given for the harvest of lambs, new grain and new wine, respectively. Harvest feasts with special masses and thanksgivings were common in the Middle- Ages, and we find their remnants in German Octoberfests and English Harvest Home festivals. In 1621, our pilgrim forefathers began a feast with a prayer of thanksgiving for
another year of life in their journey in the new world and in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that the nation would celebrate a national day of thanksgiving. We need these reminders, for we are a species that remembers, that finds who and what we are, at least in part, by remembering who and what we came from. And, we celebrate ourselves, by remembering those who came before. The danger is that in remembering those ancestors, we’ll forget that we remain pilgrims, that we are on a journey. It certainly is a very different journey than our forebears were on, and it may become, for us, a very different journey to a very different place than where we are now. However, we are all called on a journey through life by a God who calls us to love each
other, to give thanks for those around us, what we are and what we have been given; but, at the same time, to be ever ready and ever able to let it go, to give it up, for God’s sake and for our own. When we hold on to things too tightly, whether it’s our house, our status, our traditions, our needs – when we make idols of them, we can’t continue the journey, we are held fast, stopped in our tracks. So, on this Thanksgiving, let’s remember and give thanks for all those who have gone before us, give thanks for the harvest God has given us – what we have in food, riches and people; and, be always ready to give it up so we can continue our pilgrimage, with thanks. Rev. Henderson is a rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wetumpka.
Religion Briefs Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
On Nov. 27 at 9:30 a.m. the “Confirmation and Coffee” Sunday School series will begin, running through all the Sundays of Advent. At 10:30 a.m. Father Wells Warren will celebrate the Holy Eucharist marking the first Sunday in Advent, with coffee hour to follow. Musicians and music lovers in the community should mark their calendars for Dec. 4 at 2 p.m., when Epiphany will host a performance of Handel’s “Messiah”; there will be no advance group rehearsal, although singers will gather to warm up and go over portions of the music immediately prior to the performance. Information about the event is on the church website: http://epiphanytallassee.org/messiah.
Elam Baptist Church
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Elam Baptist Church, Hwy 14, Notasulga Road, Tallassee, invites everyone to worship each Sunday at 11 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Each Wednesday mid week renewal begins at 7 p.m. following the sanctuary choir practice ministry at 6 p.m. There will be no Wednesday services Nov. 23. Dec. 4 will
be Poinsettia Sunday. Poinsettias are sponsored and presented in honor or in memory of loved ones, family or friends and in honor of Christ birth as they adorn the sanctuary during the Christmas season. Visitors are always welcome at Elam. Make your contacts, calls, cards, and visits this week. The Sunny Seniors are on winter break and will meet again in the spring (April). We are grateful during this season of thanks for many blessings. May God bless each of you. Elam Baptist Church 4686 Notasulga Rd Tallassee, AL 36078 Pastor, Gene Bridgman Minister of Music, Kevin Lanier
Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Tallassee, Fr. Mateusz Rudzik, Pastor; and Knights of Columbus Council 15093, Andy Lacey, Grand Knight. It airs on WACQ-AM 580 and FM 101.1 each Sunday from 8-8:30 a.m. Listen online at www.wacqradio.com OR on your smart phone using the TuneIn app. • Nov. 27 - Perpetual Adoration • Dec. 4 - Love and Marriage • Dec.11 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 1 • Dec. 18 - Christianity vs. Islam Part 2 • Dec. 25 - Christ Mass • Jan. 1 - Once Saved, Always Saved?
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We reached our goal of Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes for children of the world. We made 137 boxes! Thanks to all who fixed a box. If you would like to give a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one, see Nancy Stephens by Dec. 4. They are $12 each and will be used to decorate the church for Christmas. We do not have our Forever Young meeting in November and December; our next
Announces our new minister, Charlie Boddy. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. Worship service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday evening service begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday night services begin at 6 p.m. Visitor’s welcome at all services 334-283-5437 209 Gilmer Ave.
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meeting will be Jan. 24. Salem Macon is located at 4647 Tallapoosa St, Notasulga, AL on Hwy 14 five miles west of Notasulga and 9 miles east of Tallassee. We would be happy to have you join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m worship service. Mike Stephens is our pastor.
Elam Baptist Church
Elam Baptist Church invites everyone to worship each Sunday at 11 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. Wednesday Mid Week Renewal begins at 7 p.m. following choir practice at 6 p.m. Elam has been blessed with great participation in Pastor Appreciation Day and Fellowship Meal. The Hallelujah Harvest was greatly attended and a big success sharing in the outreach ministry of Elam. Everyone attending had a fun time. The Fifth Sunday Night Singing was a blessing with the Elam Baptist Church Choir led by Kevin Lanier, A Trio (Barbara Hornsby, Linda Hammonds and Dianne Barker) and Conner Teague. A full covered dish fellowship was enjoyed afterward.
Area Churches AME ZION Mt. Zion Chapel AME Zion 2340 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-4413 Rogers Chapel AME Zion 709 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-8144 Jackson Chapel AME Zion 4885 Coosada Rd., Coosada Jones Chapel AME Zion 2414 Ingram Rd. (Co. Rd. 3), Elmore ABUNDANT LIFE Abundant Life Church 9301 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 567-9143 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Agape Tabernacle Assembly of God 1076 Kowaliga Rd., Eclectic 541-2006 Bethel Worship Center 11117 U.S. Hwy 231., Wetumpka 567-5754 Crossroads Assembly of God 2534 AL Hwy 14., Millbrook 2855545 First Assembly of God 3511 Shirley Ln., Millbrook New Home Assembly of God 5620 Caesarville Rd., Wetumpka 569-2825 BAPTIST Abraham Baptist Church Millbrook Antioch Baptist Church 1115 Antioch Rd., Titus 567-2917 Beulah Baptist Church 2350 Grier Rd., Wetumpka 5142881 Blue Ridge Baptist 4471 Jasmine Hill Rd., Wetumpka 567-4325 Brookwood Baptist Grandview Rd., Millbrook Calvary Baptist 504 W. Osceola St., Wetumpka 567-4729 Central Baptist 3545 W. Central Rd., Wetumpka 541-2556 Coosada Baptist 20 Kennedy Ave., Coosada Deatsville Baptist 184 Church St., Deatsville Eclectic Baptist Church 203 Claud Rd., Eclectic 541-4444 Faith Baptist 64 Chapel Rd., Wetumpka 5674417
First Baptist Church 205 W. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-5191 First Baptist of Elmore Hwy. 14 Co. Rd. 74, Elmore Galilee Baptist 95 Old Georgia Rd., Wetumpka 567-4178 Good Hope Baptist 1766 S. Fleahop Rd., Eclectic Goodship Baptist Hwy. 143, Millbrook Grace Baptist Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka 567-3255 Grandview Pines Baptist Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville Green Ridge Baptist 288 Turner Rd., Wetumpka 5672486 Harvest Baptist 2990 Main St., Millbrook Hillside Baptist 405 Old Montgomery Hwy., Wetumpka Holtville Riverside Baptist 7121 Holtville Rd., Wetumpka 514-5922 Lake Elam Baptist 4060 Gober Rd., Millbrook Liberty Hill Baptist 61 Crenshaw Rd., Wetumpka 567-8750 Lighthouse Baptist 2281 Main St., Millbrook Living Water Baptist 1745 Grass Farm Rd. (Co. Rd. 80), Weoka Millbrook Baptist Millbrook 285-4731 Mitts Chapel Baptist 935 Cold Springs Rd., Deatsville 569-1952 Mt. Hebron West Baptist 150 Mt. Hebron Rd., Elmore 567-4441 Mt. Herron East Baptist Church 4355 Mt. Herron Rd. Eclectic, Al 36024 334-857-3689 Mountain View Baptist 1025 Rifle Range Rd., Wetumpka 567-4458 New Harmony Baptist 3094 New Harmony Rd., Marbury 312-1878 New Home Baptist 1605 New Home Rd., Titus 5670923 New Hope Baptist 6191 Lightwood Rd., Deatsville 569-1267 New Lily Green Baptist
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Goodhope 1389 Willow Springs Rd. Wetumpka 567-7133 Lebanon 17877 U.S. Hwy. 231, Titus 5141097 Mount Canaan 1125 Weoka Rd., Wetumpka 567-2141 Mount Pisgah 16621 U.S. Hwy. 231, Titus 5673668 Mt. Zion 371 AL Hwy. 14, Elmore, 567-2613 Mt. Zion #3 1813 Luke Paschal Rd., Eclectic New Home 5130 Elmore Rd., Wetumpka 567-5966 Second Missionary 760 N. Bridge St., Wetumpka 567-8601 Spring Chapel Jasmine Hill Rd., Wetumpka 567-6493 Sweetwater 163 Michael Lane, Wetumpka 334-538-9415 Tabernacle Baptist 1020 W. Tallassee St., Wetumpka 567-0620 BAPTIST - PRIMITIVE Bethel Old School 4625 Jackson Rd. (C.R. 103), Wetumpka Providence 4850 Chana Creek Rd., Wetumpka CATHOLIC Our Lady of Guadalupe 545 White Rd., Wetumpka 5670311 CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ of Elmore 470 Caesarville Rd., Wetumpka 567-6670 Church of Christ Grandview Pines 165 Deatsville Hwy., Millbrook Cold Springs Church of Christ 5920 Alabama Hwy. 143, Deatsville Georgia Road Church of Christ 4003 Georgia Rd., Wetumpka 567-2804 Lightwood Church of Christ 251 New Harmony Rd., Deatsville 569-1510 Redland Road Church of Christ
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Experts offer tips for shopping Black Friday, Cyber Monday By DAVID GRANGER Staff Writer
The holiday shopping season is here and it kicks into a manic (for some) overdrive on Friday, better known over the past several years as “Black Friday,” a day when deals are plenty and with frenzied shoppers, too. So what are some things the Black Friday shopper – and perhaps the shopper of the more newly named prime shopping day, Cyber Monday, too – should know before they brave the crazed crowds or sit down at their keyboards to shop for those holiday treasures? WalletHub, a website “dedicated to helping people efficiently attain top WalletFitness™ so they may enjoy life instead of worrying about money,” asked several experts for their opinions and tips on holiday shopping, particularly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday dos and don’ts. So what is the best way to tell the difference between a legitimate Black Friday deal and a marketing gimmick? “Unfortunately, most customers can’t, and there are so many phony sales, false reference prices, etc.,” said Michael Joseph Tesler, a lecturer of marketing at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. “There are also legit sales and loss leaders, but to succeed, a consumer must comparison shop, Internet check all prices and must know the brands involved.” Other experts say a one-product lure to a particular retailer can lead to paying higher prices for your entire purchase. “Retailers use several techniques to draw customers to their stores on Black Friday,” said Saravanan Kesavan, an associate professor of operations in the KenanFlagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. “One of them is to advertise some products at give-away prices for the first few customers. This drives customers to queue up outside the stores and get the bargain. Unfortunately, not everybody gets those products at the lowest price. Even if they do, they may end up paying higher prices for the other products they purchase in the store. So while they get a deep discount on one product, they lost out on the others. “My advice would be to think of the overall basket of goods they wish to price and find the retailer who would offer the lowest price for the entire purchase rather than to be lured by a very low price for just one of the items.” When it comes to preventing overspending, several of the experts boiled the ways to do so down to three – budgets, lists and, surprisingly, the shoppers physical well-being. Make budgets and lists as specific as possible. Also, stay
as calm as possible when shopping, as hormones and adrenaline can adversely impact decision-making, and make sure you have eaten well and are well-hydrated as impulse or “hedonic” purchases may increase when shoppers are tired, hungry, etc. Devon Delvecchio, the Raymond E. Gloss professor of marketing in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, encourages a team approach to Black Friday shopping – as long as everyone on the team is a team player. “Know what you are looking for, team shop, use technology, divide and conquer,” DelVecchio said. “The hectic nature of Black Friday turns the day into a competitive race rather than a forum for casual bonding with friends and relatives. Embrace the competition. Form your team. Develop the target list. Use a registry app to digitally share the list among the team and to track purchases. Just make sure you get team players so you don’t end up empty-handed as you buy for everyone else on the team.” So if all the rules are followed and the expert advice heeded, which day offers the better shopping opportunities? Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Other days? The experts say it might depend on your likes and lifestyle. “Some recent analysis suggests that Black Friday deals may be better than Cyber Monday deals, but also suggests that Thanksgiving Day may offer even better deals for some categories,” said Priyali Rajagopal, an associate professor of marketing in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. “So the best deals depend on what one product is being sought. It may also vary depending on the consumer segment, with older consumers willing to go to the stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but younger consumers preferring the convenience of shopping online on Cyber Monday. “Finally, one trend that we are seeing is the expansion of the holiday shopping season beyond these three days to even earlier, the end of October or the beginning of November. So the best deals may not be on any of these three days.” Jane Thomas, a professor of marketing at Winthrop University, says Black Friday and Cyber Monday hold the best deals for some items at larger retailers, but don’t forget your local merchants, either. “The best deals are still on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (for technology and toys),” Thomas said. “Of course, deals are available online and in-store for Black Friday. Many local retailers are participating in Shop Local Saturday and this is a good day to support local retailers.”
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Find a reason to be thankful and slow down By REA CORD HSEC Executive Director
his is a week to slow down and give thanks for all that is good in our lives. As a nonprofit, and as a group of animal loving people, we are incredibly grateful to so many who help us be here for the animals that need us day in and day out. Our shelter is truly blessed to have such a dedicated staff and board of directors who have only the best interest of our pets in the forefront at all times. The pets in our care need us 365 days/year so rest assured they are being well cared for every single day, even on Thanksgiving. And our board exemplifies dedication at all times as they work tirelessly to ensure our shelter is the best it can be now and into the future. As a member organization we are grateful to all of our members as they help us chart the course of our shelter and support our work. Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of our shelter family and we want each and every volunteer to know how very much we appreciate your selfless service. Our volunteers help in so many ways such at our Tail’s End Thrift Store (100% volunteer run); in our shelter exercising/bathing/ caring for our pets; at our off-site adoption events; helping man our table/booth at numerous area events; helping us with our fund-raising events; fostering pets; as photographers so that our pets can be seen; and so much more! We are also grateful to everyone who shares our adoptable pets to help them find homes; who tell others about us to grow our ‘family’’ and all who simply provide moral support as we are a better shelter with your help. We ask everyone to please thank their area Animal Control Officers
who work tirelessly and with little fanfare to protect the public and help animals in need. To all of the veterinarians who help pets every single day – thank you so much for working hard to educate pet owners and help pets live better and longer lives. Our shelter enjoys incredible support from so many individuals, businesses, civic groups and the media who donate money, supplies, pet food, services; who invite us to join in on their events and who help get the word out about our work. We just cannot thank everyone enough for all you to do help us remain a viable service for people and pets alike. Special thanks to those who give wonderful homes to our adopted pets and those who rescue pets in need. We are indebted to the public who supports our mission directly and indirectly – your moral support for the welfare of animals is important to all of us in the sheltering community and helps keep us going on the down days. A group that we also want to thank is those we may never meet. Thank you to all those who love and care for your pets, keep them safe at home, make sure they are a part of your family and cherish them always. Our final and most heartfelt thanks go to all the wonderful animals that ask so little of us but give so much in return. Our pets truly epitomize selfless love and we are grateful for the love, joy and companionship they bring to our homes and families. We hope everyone has a family filled Thanksgiving and so that our staff can also enjoy some time with family, the shelter and Tail’s End Thrift Store will be closed Nov. 24-25, but will be back open on Nov. 26. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Kasie Thomas Photos By Cory Diaz / The Observer
2016 ALL-AREA VOLLEYBALL TEAM
HITTERS Hannah Traylor, Elmore County, Sr. – Pacing the playoff stalwart Panthers in kills (178) for the second straight season led to the senior hitter sealing her second All-Area bid while throwing 54 aces and 67 digs as an all-around player. Kasie Thomas, Wetumpka, Jr. – Thomas collected the most successful attacks of any outside
Hannah Traylor hitter in the area with 227 kills, and second-highest amongst all players. Another all-around standout, the junior had 123 digs, 43 aces and 27 blocks to lead the Lady Indians. SECOND TEAM – Jordan Stewart, Wetumpka, Jr.; Madison Traylor, Elmore County, So. THIRD TEAM -- Morgan Brown, Edgewood Academy, Sr.; Kaylyn Dismukes, Holtville, So.
McKayla Wilson, Stanhope Elmore, So. – In her first season starting, the sophomore keeps the Lady Mustang streak alive for producing First-Team liberos. Along with pacing all defensive specialists with 208 digs, Wilson added a Stanhope-best 54 aces. SECOND TEAM – Megan Wadsworth, Holtville, Jr. THIRD TEAM – Madeline Taylor, Elmore
MIDDLES Kevi Hansen, Edgewood Academy, Sr. – The senior and multi-position star finally guided the Wildcats to a state championship in her final season, topping the area with 293 kills, along with 37 aces. Jayla Thomas, Stanhope Elmore, Jr. – The Lady Mustangs’ best and most consistent player, the middle hitter was a force
defending the net, leading all at her position in blocks (72), while helping SEHS back to regionals with 167 kills. SECOND TEAM – Kaylee Glenn, Edgewood Academy, Sr.; Hannah Hughes, Elmore County, Jr. THIRD TEAM – Anaya McCullum, Wetumpka, Jr.; Ta’Maria Merritt, Holtville, Jr.
Academy, Sr. – Patiently waiting her turn to start at setter, Barnes did not disappoint in her first full season running the Lady Wildcats’ offense, collecting a staggering 386 assists along with an area-best 84 aces. SECOND TEAM – Nicole Ferpes, Elmore County, Jr. THIRD TEAM – Amber Sprayberry, Wetumpka, So.
SETTER Anna Barnes, Edgewood
LAMP shoots past Panthers By CORY DIAZ Sports Editor
Elmore County scored the first basket, but didn’t score again until it trailed LAMP by 11 with four minutes left in the opening quarter. That slow start, mixed with the Golden Tigers’ hot shooting, was too much to overcome as the Panthers lost, 60-48, Monday in the first round of the Eclectic Holiday Hoop-Fest Basketball Tournament at ECHS. The Panthers battled Booker T. Washington-Magnet in the consolation game Tuesday. “(LAMP) shot the ball well from the outside,” ECHS boys basketball coach Warren Brown said. “We knew coming in -- I think we shut down them more in the second half, but they got so far ahead against us, we couldn’t get back in it offensively.” Senior guard Joshua Sippial
paced LAMP, hitting three first-half 3-pointers, as the Golden Tigers led, 33-21, at halftime. Falling behind early forced it out of its gameplan, and already struggling on offensive end, Elmore County couldn’t complete a comeback. “Their momentum threw us off. We couldn’t play like we wanted to play, they panicked a little bit,” Brown said. “They’re a good team, I knew coming in they would be tough to beat.” The Panthers slowly crawled back into the game in the second half, pulling within eight, thanks to Tyric Belyeu. The senior point guard posted 24 points in the loss. “That slow start in the first half hurt us. We got it to eight, but we could never really break them,” Brown said. Sophomore D.J. Patrick added 8 points for ECHS.
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Holtville senior point guard Brant Evans (3) drives past a Verbena defender for a layup during Friday night’s contets at HHS.